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What’s Your Quotation Quotient? #436

Published August 9, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


 

1. “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”

 

A. Milton Friedman

B. Friedrich Nietzsche

C. Sitting Bull

 

2. “Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.”

 

A. Deepak Chopra

B. Joseph Coors

C. W.C. Fields

 

3. “It is not length of Life, but depth of life.”

 

A. Ralph Waldo Emerson

B. James Cameron

C. Raúl Castro

 

4. “I have strong feelings about gun control. If there’s a gun around, I want to be controlling it.”

 

A. John Dillinger

B. Jimmy Carter

C. Clint Eastwood

 

5. “Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”

 

A. Al Jolson

B. Aristotle

C. Harry Potter

 

6. “This recipe is certainly silly. It says to separate two eggs, but it doesn’t say how far to separate them.”

A. Gracie Allen

B. Stephen Hawking

C. Amy Schumer

 

7. “To be a human being is to be in a state of tension between your appetites and your dreams, and the social realities around you and your obligations to your fellow man.”

 

A. John Wayne

B. John Oliver

C. John Updike

 

8. “You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”

 

A. Peter Pan

B. Pocahontas

C. Aladdin

 

9. “Every day people are straying away from the church and back to God.”

 

A. Emily Dickinson

B. Joel Osteen

C. Lenny Bruce

 

10. “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”

 

A. Tom Brady

B. Tom Clancy

C. Tom Cruise

 

Answers: 1-B, 2-C , 3-A , 4-C , 5-B , 6-A , 7-C , 8-A , 9-C , 10-B

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

 

BONUS QUOTE:

“Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.”

—Charlotte Whitton, 1896-1975, was the first female mayor of a major city in Canada (Ottowa).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Quotient Quotient? #428

Published June 5-7, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle (Interactive version)


1. “Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon your reason and your

judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.”

A. Pat Benatar

B. Douglas MacArthur

C. Kahlil Gibran

2. “I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can play together all night.”

A. Calvin and Hobbes

B. Peanuts

C. Romeo and Juliet

3. “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”

A. George Bernard Shaw

B. Spiro Agnew

C. Patrick Henry

4. “Ah, my poor countrymen! Yankees and Dollars have such inextricable association that the words ought to rhyme.”

A. Ralph Nader

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Ralph Kramden

5. “Concern for the man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors….Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.”

A. Stephen Hawking

B. Britney Spears

C. Albert Einstein

6. “There was a little girl,/  Who had a little curl,/  Right in the middle of her forehead./  When she was good,/  She was very good indeed,/  But when she was bad she was horrid.”

A. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

B. John Oliver

C. Daddy Warbucks

7. “I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

A. Sir Isaac Newton

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Donald Trump

8. “Fire is the Sun unwinding from the tree’s log… When the log fire pop-sparks, it is letting go a very sunny day long ago, and doing so in a hurry.”

A. R. Buckminster Fuller

B. Galileo

C. Morley Safer

9. “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

A. Walt Disney

B. Anais Nin

C. Harry S. Truman

10. “The first symptom of true love in a man is timidity, in a young woman, boldness.”

A. Victor Hugo

B. Serena Williams

C. Mahatma Gandhi

Answers: 1-C, 2-A , 3-A , 4-B , 5-C , 6-A , 7-B , 8-A , 9-B , 10-A

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master    

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

BONUS QUOTE:

“We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us.”

–François de La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, was a French author of maxims and memoirs.

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What’s Your QQ*? #414

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Interactive version published March 1, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle.)

 

1. “Break the monotony. Do something strange and extravagant!”

 

A. Ralph Nader

B. Ralph Kramden

C. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

2. “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .’”

 

A. C.S. Lewis

B. J.K. Rowling

C. R.J. Reynolds

 

3. “There’s only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I’ll get married again.”

 

A. Henry VIII

B. Clint Eastwood

C. Lady Gaga

 

4. “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

 

A. Paul Simon

B. George Bernard Shaw

C. Charles Dickens

 

5. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

 

A. Mickey Mantle

B. John Kerry

C. Oscar Wilde

 

6. “War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong;

and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.”

 

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Chris Kyle

C. Genghis Khan

 

7. “Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich – simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”

 

A. Henry Miller

B. Dennis Miller

C. Stephanie Miller

 

8. “Mass demand has been created almost entirely through

the development of advertising.”

 

A. Calvin Coolidge

B. Don Draper

C. Marco Polo

 

9. “Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”

 

A. Charles Manson

B. Voltaire

C. Alexander Hamilton

 

10. “There is a race between mankind and the universe. Mankind is trying to build bigger, better, faster, and more foolproof machines. The universe is trying to build bigger, better, and faster fools. So far the universe is winning.”

 

A. Stephen Hawking

B. Benedict Cumberbatch

C. Albert Einstein

 

Answers: 1-C, 2-A , 3-B , 4-B , 5-C , 6-A , 7-A , 8-A , 9-B , 10-C

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “As novices, we think we’re entirely responsible for the way people treat us. I have long since learned that we are responsible only for the way we treat people.”- Rose Wilder Lane

 (Lane, 1886-1968, the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, was a writer and libertarian theorist.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #412

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Interactive version published February 15, 2015 at Montereyherald.com.)

 

1. “I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is the best policy.”

 

A. George Washington

B. Bruce Jenner

C. Brian Williams

 

2. “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,/ Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

 

A. C. S. Forester

B. Sam Smith

C. William Shakespeare

 

3. “Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.”

 

A. John Stuart Mill

B. Pharrell Williams

C. Hugh Hefner

 

4. “Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs.”

 

A. P. J. O’Rourke

B. Abner Doubleday

C. Doris Day

 

5. “If a man be endowed with a generous mind, this is the best kind of nobility.”

 

A. David Letterman

B. Warren Buffett

C. Plato

 

6. “You know the oxygen masks on airplanes? I don’t think there’s really any oxygen. I think they’re just to muffle the screams.”

 

A. Rita Rudner

B. “Sully” Sullenberger

C. Mark Twain

 

7. “The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere.”

 

A. Rodney Dangerfield

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Davis Love III

 

8. “Three things too much, and three too little are pernicious to man: to speak much, and know little; to spend much, and have little; to presume much, and be worth little.”

 

A. Martin Luther King, Jr.

B. Joe Namath

C. Miguel de Cervantes

 

9. “I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”

 

A. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

B. Lemony Snicket

C. Ulysses S. Grant

 

10. “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

 

A. Ava DuVernay

B. Abraham Lincoln

C. Thomas Jefferson

 

 

Answers: 1-A, 2-C , 3-A , 4-A , 5-C , 6-A , 7-B , 8-C , 9-A , 10-B

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master    

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 

“When you realize that no one really knows what they are doing and that everyone is doing the best they can according to their own level of consciousness, life gets a lot easier.” – Bruno Cavaleiro

 (The identity of Cavaleiro is unclear.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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